'The VA's Luxury Art Obsession' 6_The_VAs_Luxury_Art_Obsession_2

July 26, 2016 08:01 AM
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Source: OpenTheBooks.com

While up to 1,000 veterans died waiting for VA healthcare; while many calls to the suicide prevention hotline were answered by voicemail; while the healthcare claims appeals process was described as "the hamster wheel"; and while the VA created 40,000 new positions, but hired only 3,600 doctors (2012-2015) – the agency managed to spent $20 million on artwork.

Included in the expenditures is a 27’ artificial Christmas tree for $21,500 delivered to Chillicothe, OH and two sculptures costing $670,000 for a VA facility in California that serves blind veterans. Blind veterans can’t see fancy sculptures, and all veterans deserve to see a doctor.

By: Adam Andrzejewski, CEO at OpenTheBooks.com and author of the Forbes editorial, The VA’s Luxury Art Obsession.

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